The Gym Ipswich

Officially closes on 1 June


The Gym Ipswich will not re-open its doors once the existing government lockdown is lifted.

Abbeycroft Leisure has been operating ‘The Gym Ipswich’ for the last ten years and it was the first budget club to arrive in Ipswich, offering low-cost exercise to the local community.  

However, there are now a number of other budget gyms in the town that provide low-cost opportunities, and the leisure trust has seen a natural migration of members to these facilities.

The lease expires in November for their buildings on Civic Drive and after reviewing the business, the decision was made to close.

Warren Smyth, chief executive at Abbeycroft said:

“This extremely difficult decision had been reached just prior to the recent Coronavirus pandemic with a view to closing later in the year. However, the leisure industry is now facing unprecedented challenges and this will continue when the lockdown is lifted, which has further reinforced that we have made the right choice. Also, we did not want to reopen when the lockdown was lifted, only to further disappoint our customers a little later in the year.”

“We’ve informed our members of the closure, and will be communicating with them on other ways they can remain active, including some free virtual opportunities, whilst all gyms are closed.”

“Our staff have worked hard to support the facility and we’re pleased to have redeployed all of them to other facilities which we operate.”

“We would also like to thank our landlord, the Hubbard Family Trust, who have been great to work with. The building is a fantastic resource and we are proud to have played our part in its history, restoring it and making it a usable space once again.”



All existing members should have received an email from us, explaining more about the closure.

However, if you haven’t received an email, this may be because the information we hold for you is incorrect or out of date.

So please email us at, and we can forward you the correspondence relating to your membership including two great ways for you to stay active.


  • Les Mills On-Demand
  • Exclusive Discount from the YMCA Gym Ipswich